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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 280   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ephraim (1823-1913) was our great-great grandfather; Hill Farmstead Brewery resides several hundred feet downhill from the land that he and his father settled. In his honor, this Imperial India Pale Ale is dutifully crafted from American malted barley, buckets of American hops, our ale yeast and water from our well. It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and double dry hopped. Intensely aromatic and saturated with resinous hop flavor, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Ephraim. 10.3%, 21ºP, 280 Theoretical ibus. Ingredients: Pale Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

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4.1
italianjohn (3312) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Cloudy/hazy golden pour with a nice orange tint and a thin ring of white head, light sticky lacing ... aroma of grapefruits, light lemon and light sugar with a rindy and resiny hop quality as well .... mouthfeel is bitter and taste is of grapefruit and citrusy rinds, light lemon, little sugary, mango and light malts on the back end along with a nice bitter bite that continues in to a dry hoppy finish .... I’d say its pliny the elderish minus the piney qualities ... the abv is hidden so amazingly well .... very dangerous, fresh and sessionable

3.7
hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2012
growler from dak 11/25/11. orange gold color with a soapy white head. fruity aroma... orange and other citrus mixed with dust, malt sweetness, earthy spice and some pine. the flavor is the same.... with some bitterness on the finish. it is a touch too malty sweet for me but the medium body gives no feeling of the alcohol content. 8/4/7/3/15

4.4
puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Tap at the Blind Tiger, 3-4 weeks since brewed. It is, perhaps, surprising how mellow this beer feels compared to its brothers and contemporaries. The 10.5 is hardly there. It is punchy and bright, juicy and perhaps just a touch sweet, with very little bitterness to disrupt the raw hop power on display. The hop is lemony, orange, skunky and earthy, if not somewhat fecal, but more the "forest floor" the wine critics love using as opposed to, say... Well, you know. Hill himself has already set the bar so impossibly high that, even with this being so many words ahead of pretty much every ipa ever made, one almost still feels let down that there isn’t just... more. More power. More oomph. Because this is not Edward, a supposed pale ale, that asks to be taken lightly. This is the big daddy, and compared to Double Sunshine, or his Double Galaxy, or the rare Younger keg, this feels the softest, and most wanting for just a little more juice.

4.6
bottleforager (3211) - Gray, Maine, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Was able to walk away from the festival with two 750’s one for me and my wife.... also had a glass at the festival. Holy DIPA... I can not believe the complexity, balance and drinkability of this beer. Big fruity tropical notes on both the palate and nose... mango, pineapple and touches of honeydew backed by some piney slightly resinous touches to give the slightest edge and punch up the juicy flavors. Damn this is one of those beers I wish i could drink everyday !

4.1
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2012
750mL Growler, purchased at the brewery today. Uber-fruity resin aroma, leaning in that fresh, raw sticky ganja direction, definitely with strong Simcoe and friends qualities. Flavors get a little more wild and funky. A bit of faint onion pairs up with a nip of cat and some chewy green plant juice. I can’t get into this one like I can get into Abner and the early Society & Solitudes. The hop flavors really huddle around Simcoe and find themselves releasing some almost stink-gland like plant chemicals. It’s certainly hop flavor turned up to an eleven, but it might be too loud? I think the hop work is certainly excellent, it might just be more of a matter of taste in terms of the varieties used and the intensity of the flavors from those varities (i.e. Simcoe and Chinook). It certainly is broadly expressive in a quality of hop flavor.

4.1
merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Decent Lacing S: Citrusy, Grapefruit, Mild Resin T: Grapefruit, Resin M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter, Mildly Drying Overall, a pretty nice DIPA but doesn’t blow you away.

4.1
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
The IPA pours pure amber with an off white head and decent head rfetention. It smells piney, lightly sweet, and hoppy in a clear, well-balanced manner. The flavors are similar, with hops, piney notes, and some more bitter than sweet notes. There is no bite at all; it is so smooth on a fitting medium palatable body.

4.4
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Growler: Thanks, Oliver! Beaming orange-amber hybrid, just a slight haze running throughout but appears clear from afar, topped with a foamy & frothy, gray-tinted head; moderate webbing left behind. Aroma is an American hop dream... Huge tropical & citric presence; juicy mango, sweet peach, pineapple, orange, guava, all with a lovely undercurrent of herbal pine, evergreen, & freshly cut grass. Pleasant sweetness on the nose, giving a gushing, juicy quality to the hops. Ephraim is even juicier on the palate... Bomb of sweet peach, orange peel, mango, just an explosion of tropical, fruity hops. Lightly bitter, gracefully sweet, like biting into a fruit & taking part of the rind with it. Pine needles & herbal hemp oil cut through & round things out, light resinous & dank quality near the finish. Notes of lightly toasted pale malt & honeycomb coat the palate in the aftertaste, lingering with a combo of candied grapefruit flesh & sugar cookies. Substantial, big body, but not overly viscous or cumbersome for the style. I am not normally a fan of "sweeter" DIPAs, I don’t like the overly sticky, caramel malts getting in the way. Ephraim is definitely sweet, but it’s the addition of dextrose while still keeping an all pale malt bill that makes the delicate sweetness work to accentuate the hops rather than crowd them with an abundance of toffee-like sweetness that comes with darker malt bills (Abrasive takes a similar approach, also a favorite of mine). Ephraim is a fantastic "big" DIPA, done properly.

3.9
PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2013
75cl bottle at home. Shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clouded blond beer, UFO’s, off white stable large head. NOSE: hoppy, fruity, peppery, some peaches. TASTE: peppery, quite heavy, little alcohol noticeable. Quite nice!

4.1
BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Heavy pineapple, mango, guava, and papaya aroma...sweet, malty, and fruity. Dark honey and tangerine-colored hue, especially in the deepest part of the glass. Small eggshell head leaving only a film and spotty lacing. Flavor is filled with tropical influences and fruit cocktail syrup...a little alcohol noticeable as well. Get some pear, peach, and candied oranges also. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Really good and different. Not sharp, biting, and assertive...but amazing!


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